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Former UK Min. Seesk Brexit Referendum 07/16 06:12

   LONDON (AP) -- A former Cabinet minister from the ruling Conservative Party 
has called for the British public to be consulted in a new referendum on 
whether Britain should leave the European Union.

   Former Education Secretary Justine Greening told the BBC Monday that 
Parliament is "gridlocked" over Brexit. She said she and other senior 
Conservative Party lawmakers favor a new vote.

   Greening said she would campaign to keep Britain in the EU if a new 
referendum is held.

   There is mounting pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May coming from both 
sides of the Brexit debate.

   Her recent white paper outlining plans for a "common rule book" with the EU 
over trade in goods has infuriated those who favor a complete break.

   May on Monday defended her plan as she opened the Farnborough International 
Airshow. She said it would safeguard vital jobs in the aviation industry and 
keep Britain's tradition as a nation in the forefront of the aviation industry.

   She said the plan outlined in the white paper honors the wishes of British 
voters --- who in June 2016 backed Brexit in a 52 percent to 48 percent vote 
--- while protecting industry and security.

   Parliament will debate aspects of the Brexit plan later Monday.


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